Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cadian Battle Cruiser "Divine Wrath"
I picked Imperial Guard as my 2nd army, because after developing an SM army (VERY VERY weak one at that), i fell in love with tanks and all things with an AV. Plus i find that the Russ Tank looks like a tank's tank (ie a "proper" tank), and that the whole "Mehtal Bawkses" theme was what i liked (yes i know, Chimeras are what i call Mehtal Bawkses: Deluxe edition). Imperial Guard allow you a great range of tactical options, and do mech perhaps better than SM, and can do horde well. Hell, even with the classic platoon structure, you can still go mech or hybrid (and can still be effective - AND VERY CHEAP pts wise).
However, i love the army, but remember that you might be breaking the bank for it.
Plus for the savvy shopper who goes the Full Foot route:
Instead of buying 2 Infantry squads, get 1 Infantry Squad box and then get 2x 5man painting boxes - you get enough Specials, Voxes and Sergeants for 2 squads, and it works out considerably cheaper.
Cheapass meltaguns (for the competitive meltavet player): Raid your bitz box for Multimeltas as well as meltaguns (Russ kits are ideal for this). Simply cut off the stubs of the flamers, and stick some melta stubs from the MM onto the flamer, cutting off the pipework and not including any fuel tanks. Makes 4 Meltas for no additional charge (and i don't like metal meself due to a constant case of losing superglue).
ps: IG are also well represented by cool IA stuff as well, so don't feel limited by the options in the IG codex (lack of static artillery, aircraft, Superheavies etc)